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Connemara Cinema.

In Blog, Culture, Film, Interviews by Patrick McCuskerLeave a Comment

Bob Quinn is a filmmaker based in Connemara whose 1975 film Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire tells the story of a film shoot in a Gaeltacht where the actors rebel against their director. The original suggestion and support for making the film came from Eamonn Smullen, who was Director of Education, Sinn Féin The Workers Party.

Upon release, it was greeted as “the first completely native-produced movie that seems capable of holding its own with the best of the world’s new cinema.”.

After a long period during which the negative was feared lost, it was recovered and restored in 2010. Rabble caught up with Bob Quinn to talk about it.

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Being Seán.

In Art, Blog, Film by Rashers TierneyLeave a Comment

Above: A still of Seán and an iconic United Irishman cover. Check out the trailer for the documentary which is being premiered on Tuesday May 15th in the Sugar Club. Tickets available here. Seán Garland is one of the giants of Irish republicanism. As a young man he bore the slain body of the mythologized Sean South after the  Brookeborough raid during the Border Campaign. He led a life that put … Read More

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The Chemical Generation.

In #rabble14, Blog, Film, Interviews, Print Edition by Martin LeenLeave a Comment

Niall McCann is making a name for himself as a documentary maker that looks at creativity under neo-liberalism. His feature on Luke Haines got rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it at film festivals. His recent Lost in France is about the seminal Glasgow record label Chemikal Underground. Martin Leen sat down with him to chat about making art in these market-driven times.

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The Regeneration Game.

In Blog, Film, Interviews by Tomás LynchLeave a Comment

  A new documentary called The 4th Act looks at the massive regeneration project that took place in Ballymun over 18 years. It will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival this year. rabble sent Tomás Lynch to catch up with Ballymun native and film director Turlough Kelly to get the whole story.   What was it prompted you to make the film? We got access to Plunkett Tower, which was … Read More

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Film Review: T2: Judgement Meh.

In Blog, Film by Benny ProfaneLeave a Comment

The proliferation of sequels, reboots and franchise films that has dominated the world box-office in recent times is, in Benny Profane’s view, emblematic of a broader backward-looking tendency in the consumer-class these days. Now, here he is to ruin Trainspotting 2… What greater example of today’s over-indulgence in nostalgic cultural tokens could there be than the imminent reformation of Bros – I mean fucking BROS! This fixation with what-went-before has … Read More

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Film Review: Blah Blah Land.

In Blog, Film by Benny Profane5 Comments

  Benny Profane finds the world somehow tricking him into thinking he might actually enjoy a light-hearted, romantic-musical starring Ryan Gosling more disappointing than Trump’s election and a greater betrayal than the passing of Brexit. Here’s his review of La La Land… The trailer had irked me but the hype, awards and opinions of everyone else compelled me to go into this film with not just an open mind but … Read More

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The Last Screening.

In #rabble12, Culture, Film, Print Edition by Eoin O MahonyLeave a Comment

The telly only had two channels when Eoin O’Mahony left Cork for the Big Smoke. He tells rabble how he tried to hide the whack of Benjy with Gauloises and angsty French fillums in the soon to be demolished Screen Cinema. I had a real fondness for the Screen. When I was rent from the Real Capital of Ireland to Dublin in the late 1980s, the 84 from my far … Read More

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Films To Gaze At.

In Blog, Film by Mog KavanaghLeave a Comment

The Gaze International LGBT Film Festival Dublin returns to the Lighthouse Cinema this bank holiday weekend, Mog Kavanagh has lined up some recommendations… 1. Viva. Paddy Breathnach rides the crest of this current wave of quality Irish cinema with Viva, a film about a young aspiring drag queen in Cuba. Viva won the audience award at the Dublin International Film Festival, definitely worth a watch!  Catch it on Friday 29th … Read More